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IDPH: RSV levels remain high in Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- RSV is on the rise in Iowa.  RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, causes inflammation of the small airways in the lungs.

It can happen at any age, but is most common in children younger than two.  The Iowa Department of Public Health expects levels to remain high for several weeks.

The warning signs include fast breathing, bluish skin color, fever with a rash, being unable to eat, and having no tears when crying.  Officials say most healthy infants infected with it recover in one to two weeks.  Parents should contact a doctor right away if conditions worsen.

There's no vaccine for RSV.  Officials say covering your coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often, are the best ways to prevent its spread.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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